Birthplace of the world’s oldest surf lifesaving club (1907), and a family favourite since the 19th century, Bondi Beach is the trail head for a lovely amble along cliffs fringing coastal suburbs. The Bondi-to-Coogee Coast Walk meanders 6.6km south, with boardwalks and footpaths following the voluptuous curves of beaches and honeycombed sandstone
The walk is do-able in 2 hours each way (the lazy option is to bus back from Coogee to Bondi). But allow time for a dip in sea baths or ocean (swim only between the flags) and a coffee or glass of Australian wine in a cafe.
Four kilometres into the walk, Waverley Cemetery occupies one of the most spectacular pieces of coastal real estate within a cappuccino crawl of the CBD. Founded in 1877, this cemetery is the final resting place of about 250,000 people. Among them are bush poet Henry Lawson and box-kite inventor and aeronautical pioneer Lawrence Hargrave. But among the august memorials and over-the-top statuary with million-dollar ocean views are poignantly simple headstones. One recumbent marble cross reads “Our Stella, aged 19, 1909.”
Another must-do Sydney walk is the Manly Scenic Walkway along the shore of Sydney Harbour.